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Kenya: Women Using Heroin in Kenya – Why It’s Important to Intervene Early in Life

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Heroin is the main drug taken by injection in Kenya. Mostly found and used in Kenya’s big cities – Mombasa and Nairobi – it’s hard to know just how widespread heroin use is. But estimates range between 18 000 and 33 000 people.

There are concerns that heroin use is growing but also concern over the high HIV infection rates of users, particularly among women. Injection drug behaviours are recognised as key facilitators of HIV transmission.

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Research conducted four years ago among people who inject…

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